Saving private artefacts.
The new trailer has arrived for director George Clooney’s World War II film, The Monuments Men, though the tone is more serious than the light, comedic teaser we saw a couple of months ago.
That first trailer implied a film more in line with the romping tenor of WWII heist classic, Kelly’s Heroes. In this latest one, we are left in no doubt that this was a war as much about a clash of cultures as of geopolitics, and the importance of protecting that culture.
The official synopsis for The Monuments Men reads thus:
"Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men is an action-thriller focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by [President] FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners.
It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys - seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 - possibly hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind’s greatest achievements."
The Monuments Men is released on 9th January.